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Mamma Andersson


Mamma Andersson examining a working
proof of Room Under the Influence at
Crown Point Press, 2007, photograph by
Kathan Brown, Courtesy Crown Point Press

Room Under the Influence is based on a photograph of a stage set at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theater. Andersson developed the print by steadily building up color and refining details (for instance, inserting a picture, seemingly of a martyrdom, in a frame that was initially empty). She recorded and dated decisions, mostly related to color, in the proofs’ margins (in Swedish, her native language). Minor detours did occur: a yellow couch, previously annotated “GUL” (yellow), is green in the final print; a small round-top table on the left appears and disappears. But Andersson mostly stayed on course.

Banner image: Detail, Mamma Andersson, Room Under the Influence (working proof), 2008, color sugarlift aquatint, aquatint, and softground etching with ink additions and artist’s notations, Crown Point Press,  © Mamma Andersson

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